Ramon Gonzales Gets Ready As ONE Championship Returns To Manila in April
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 05, 2019 01:39 PM
"I’m hoping that they will offer me a match in Manila, to be included in that event will be amazing." - Ramon Gonzales (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
If Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales will have it his way, then he does not need to wait long for his next trip to the ONE Championship cage.
Gonzales hopes to be given a chance to showcase his ever-improving game right in front of his countrymen when the promotion returns to Manila, Philippines for ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR on April 12.
Gonzales, a kyokushin karate black belt and a three-time national champion, bared that it has always been a dream for him to compete on the global stage in front of his countrymen.
After impressing in his last two contests, he hopes he has impressed the top brass of the organization enough to accede to his request.
"I have always been requesting to be included on a Manila card. I’m free on April 12. I’m eager to showcase my talents in front of my kababayans (countrymen) and to represent Bicol," Gonzales said.
"I’m hoping that they will offer me a match in Manila, to be included in that event will be amazing."
After coming up short in his first two matches in the largest martial arts organization in the world, Gonzales finally caught up to pace and started making good use of the chance given to him.
After defeating Liu Deligerihu of China by way of second-round submission at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY in September 2017, he then followed it up with a first-round submission victory over Dodi Mardian at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES in October 2018 to prove that he is more than just a dangerous striker.
Although he has not competed for five months, Gonzales revealed that he has never stopped working on his craft.
After all, it pays off to be always ready.
"Me and my team have been training day and night after I won in Thailand. I’m very excited to represent the country once again and show the world how talented Filipinos are," he shared.
"I’ve been upgrading my overall game to make sure that I’ll be prepared on whatever challenge I will be facing on the ONE Championship stage.”
Knowing that another win could finally put him on the radar of the stacked flyweight division, Gonzales is confident that he will be able to perform to the best of his abilities wherever he competes next.
"I'm just eager to get back to the ONE Championship stage and continue where I left off," he stated.